The first step is to sauté scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool.
The ground turkey is then seasoned with salt & pepper, hot sauce and Major Grey's Chutney. Only, my chutney comes from Trader Joe's. Close enough. Lemon zest and juice is also added.
Because I'm rebellious, at times, I reversed the recipe directions and added the cooked veggies and apples last...and then some fresh chopped parsley. I scaled the recipe down to make four patties. Turkey burgers can be a challenge to work with. They're very soft and can fall apart very easily. After pressing an indentation in the middle (a little Bobby Flay trick I learned), I borrowed something I've seen the fine folks at Cook's Illustrated do--I froze the patties for about 15 minutes.
The recommended grilling time is seven minutes per side, plus 5 minutes for the meat to "rest".
Because the patties were partially frozen, it took about an extra 4 minutes of grilling time. My husband said that the patties were easy to work with, since they the freezer had firmed them. These were cooked to about 160F and they continued to cook as they rested, loosely covered in foil.
I slathered a bit of Poupon Mustard, a touch of mayo and a dab of chutney on the patties. I picked one of our paltry tomatoes (we've had one of the coolest and overcast summers that I can ever remember) and some onion. Look closely and you'll see a golden raisin that was in the chutney.
Of course, fries goes beautifully with burgers. I made a new recipe for oven-roasted garlic fries and they were fantastic! (That recipe will be posted next.)
VERDICT: Okay, I get it, Oprah. This is a really good turkey burger! The apples add a lot of moisture to the lean ground turkey, but you really don't taste them. The lemon zest really came through-- and I think next time, I'd add a little less as I don't want that to be the dominant flavor. In fact, I think lime would be a great alternative! The chutney adds a little bit of sweet to the mix, while the hot sauce kicks up the flavor a notch. If I do say so myself, I need to get busy and make some more of my own peach chutney (that has red bell pepper) to this burger. The bonus is that this is healthy burger, especially if I had whole wheat buns.
I'll definitely add this recipe to our grilling menu. Is this the best burger ever? Ever is pretty absolute, so I don't use that word as liberally as others do. I'd say it's a great burger, and I'm glad I can make my own at my humble home. I doubt that Donald Trump will be inviting me to dine at Mar-A-Lago. How about you?
A printable recipe is at the end of this post.